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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Tending to or expressing an awareness of things as they really are.
  • adjective Of or relating to the representation of objects, actions, or social conditions as they actually are: synonym: vivid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the realists in philosophy; characteristic of speculative realism.
  • Exhibiting or characterized by realism in description or representation; objectively real or literal; lifelike, usually in a bad or depreciatory sense: as, a realistic novel or painting; a realistic account of a murder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the realists; in the manner of the realists; characterized by realism rather than by imagination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective expressed or represented as being accurate.
  • adjective Relating to the representation of objects, actions or conditions as they actually are or were.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective representing what is real; not abstract or ideal
  • adjective of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism
  • adjective aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are

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